Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy; Mycobacterium leprae)
Infectious agent: Mycobacterium leprae
Description of illness: Hansen’s disease (also known as leprosy) is an infection caused by slow-growing bacteria called Mycobacterium leprae. It can affect the nerves, skin, eyes, and lining of the nose (nasal mucosa). With early diagnosis and treatment, the disease can be cured.